Review: Day Williams has this to offer to FedEx: The Lord detests/ Unequal weights,/ So make it fair/When you ship freight. “Light of Day” is filled with such gold dust and nuggets, as though the author were some miner who’s still panning for gold and knows many of the creeks that flow in the range of mountains God has given him to explore. In this case, the mountains are the word of God, and the undaunted poet has accepted the Holy Spirit’s guidance through the fearsome Hindu Kush and Himalayas.
I’ve been using Day’s poems for my devotions, and they don’t disappoint. In fact, I liken many of his poems to passages by Charles Haddon Spurgeon, Emily Dickinson, and even William Blake. How does Blake’s “London” begin? “I wander through each chartered street/ Near to where the chartered Thames doth flow/ And mark in every face I meet, / Marks of weakness, marks of woe.” Williams’ poems have much the same photographic and clean spareness. “Don’t pay men back/ For what they’ve done- /Give God some room…/ Put down your gun.” These poems make me open my Bible, so they really are nuggets; only these nuggets feed my soul with God’s wisdom. I’m a man who wants revenge, and I need God to intervene- and He has, through His word and through this poem.
I once had a book of mystical poems that were driven by theology and were so obscure that I turned to God’s word and stayed there, never returning to the dusty volume on my table. I cast it aside for being to ethereal; it went on the shelf, then to the Salvation Army when I moved out. “Light of Day isn’t like that. This is a book to cherish, and I know it will be perusing it for many years to come. I believe it is the best book Day Williams has ever written. May it stand the test of time and rise in Christian consciousness out of the morass of Amazon.com.
~review by Jim Palm
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